LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to extend a four-game winning streak in Southeastern Conference action, the No. 15 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will honor lone senior Janee Thompson on Senior Night as the Wildcats play host to No. 24 Missouri on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.
The Kentucky program will honor Thompson prior to the game for her hard work and dedication to the UK program the past four seasons. Thompson has played in 111 career games with 74 career starts with Kentucky, collecting a 99-31 record with her on the roster the past few seasons. The native of Chicago saved her best season for last, averaging 12.2 points per game this year with career highs in field-goal percentage, 3-point field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and assists. Entering her senior season, Thompson had hit 36 career 3-pointers, while she has hit 43 already this season alone, adding a team-best 128 assists to rank top 50 nationally in assists per game.
The game will be available on the SEC Network+ with Jeff Piecoro and Christi Thomas calling the action. The game can be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. The SEC Network will show parts of all seven conference games played on Thursday as part of the SEC Network Whip Around Coverage.
Now in his 11th season, Neil Price will have the call on the UK Sports Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Price’s call on 630AM. Live stats and free audio will be available online at ukathletics.com.
Single-game tickets are $9 for all ages, while adult general admission single-game tickets are $8. For those aged 6-18 or 65-and-over, general admission costs are $5 per ticket. Children age five-and-under are admitted free in the general admission seating area, and UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid identification. Tickets are available online at ukhoopstix.com, while parking and other information is available at ukathleticsgameday.com/hoops.
Thursday’s game will be a Student Fandemonium as students in attendance have a chance to win numerous prizes, including a 60-inch Vizio Smart TV, Apple TV, Beats wireless headphones, mountain bike and fitbit, Xbox Elite with controller and two games, Apple watch, GoPro with waterproof case, and mini iPad.
Students should enter Memorial Coliseum on Thursday through any entrance and present a valid UK student ID for free admission and will be given a number card. Students are asked to sit in section S rows 7-16 or upper level general admission. At each media timeout during the game, a winning number will be posted on the video board and winners can bring their winning number card to the UK marketing gazebo on the Lexington Avenue side of the arena to claim their prize at the end of the game.
Kentucky (19-6, 8-6 SEC) enters the game on a four-game winning streak, posting double-digit wins over LSU, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Arkansas. During the stretch, Kentucky is shooting 48.1% from the floor, including 37.5% from 3, and scoring 75.2 points per game. The Wildcats are averaging 15.3 assists per game during that stretch, while forcing opponents into 15.8 turnovers per game in the four games.
Overall, Kentucky ranks 14th in the nation and second in the SEC in field goal percentage at 46.1%, while the Wildcats rank 35th in the nation and second in the SEC scoring 74.2 points per game. Kentucky is hitting 36.8% from the 3-point line, ranking 14th in the nation and first in the SEC in that category.
Junior guard Makayla Epps leads the team in scoring with 16.5 points per game, adding 4.9 rebounds per game, 4.6 assists per game and 30 steals. Thompson is second on the team in scoring and leads Kentucky in 3-point field goals made, while junior Evelyn Akhator is averaging 11.4 points per game with 9.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore post Alexis Jennings is averaging 10.0 points per game with 6.9 rebounds per game, adding 21 blocks.
Missouri will enter Memorial Coliseum with a 21-6 record, with all six losses coming within SEC play. Like the Wildcats, the Tigers did not lose a single game during their nonconference schedule and started the season with a 13-0 run before being upended by then-No. 12 Tennessee on Jan. 4, 71-55.
Also like Kentucky, Missouri is currently on a winning streak heading into Thursday’s contest. Mizzou took down Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn, with its last loss coming against then-No. 11 Mississippi State on Feb. 7.
The Tigers are led in scoring by Sophie Cunningham and Jordan Frericks, who average 13.3 and 12.4 points, respectively. Frericks also paces the team in rebounds per game, with 7.8, and has recorded the most steals on the team with 36 and the second-most blocks with 20.
As a team, Missouri has been shooting at a .438 clip this year, including hitting 32.4% of shots from beyond the arc. The Tigers average 69.9 points per game and allow just 57.6 ppg from their opponents, while holding opposing teams to 35.4% from the field.